COURTS OF PARIS, NAPLES, ETC. l8l February izth, 1797. A most ridiculous thing happened to me last evening. I went about six o'clock, in a carriage, to call upon Mrs. Drumgold about some business. Upon knocking, a cookmaid, through the keyhole, asked what we wanted. The servant gave my name, saying I wished to see Madame Drumgold. A window opened in the upper story, and ladies appeared, enquiring who I was. I answered ; then other windows opened, and there seemed a great commotion throughout the house. It seems, the servant said I was M. le Commissaire, and probably they thought I was the police officer come to take them up, for the maid came again to the keyhole and said nobody lived in the house. Upon this I took my departure, and wrote the nature of my business to Mrs. Drumgold, which was about Mr. Latin's house, &c., and received her excuses. Such are the remnants of the reign of terror. There is a bal abonne, with Robert Dillon at the head, called " Les restes de la Guillotine." None are admitted but femmes presentees and fils de pendus.1 i Femmes presentees—those who had been presented at Court prior to the Revolution; fils de pendus—sons of those who had perished by the lantern, guillotine, &c. A more painful instance of French levity can scarcely be adduced.